Life Membership Awards at Tripartite 2022


At the Tripartite meeting in Auckland (22-24 February 2022), the CSSANZ Vice-President, Elizabeth Murphy presented four CSSANZ Life Membership awards.

At the Tripartite meeting in Auckland (22-24 February 2022), the CSSANZ Vice-President, Elizabeth Murphy presented four CSSANZ Life Membership awards. These are discretionary awards given to those who hold Ordinary or Foundation Membership and have been deemed by the CSSANZ Council to have made a particularly meritorious contribution to the Company and/or the practice of colorectal surgery in Australia or New Zealand. The awards were made at the final address of the Tripartite Meeting with the following citations from Elizabeth Murphy:

Professor Tony Eyers

Tony Eyers graduated from the University of Sydney in 1972. He trained in general surgery at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and then in colorectal surgery in London and New York before taking up his position at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney as a Visiting Colorectal Surgeon in 1986. He has trained and mentored innumerable colorectal surgeons in his long career at RPA, who remember him fondly as a great surgeon but also as a true friend.

In addition to his surgical practice, Professor Eyers has contributed to a number of health-care delivery projects at local, state and federal levels. He has served on the NSW State Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and on the NSW Medical Council. In recent years, he has had an increasing interest in bioethics and innovation in surgery and has served as chair of the clinical ethics committee of the Sydney Local Health Network. He is a Professor of Ethics in Surgery and Medicine at Macquarie University and continues to inspire future generations. A very worthy recipient of life membership of the CSSANZ

Professor Bryan Parry

Professor Bryan Parry retired 5 years ago as Colorectal Surgeon at Auckland City Hospital and Professor of Surgery in the Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. His early career was as a missionary doctor in Thailand before taking up academic surgery under the mentorship of Professor Hugh Dudley in London and Professor Graham Hill in Auckland. In 1995 he was appointed Professor and HOD of Surgery at the University of Surgery, and Chief of Surgery in the Auckland City Hospital. In addition to colorectal surgery his interests included intravenous nutrition and intestinal failure management. Bryan is fondly regarded as an inspiring mentor by students and trainees, and there is no question that he encouraged many of the next generation of New Zealand colorectal surgeons into the specialty. He led by example and always had an encouraging and witty word for his patients. For his services to colorectal surgery, Bryan was awarded ONZM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2016. Bryan is a very deserving recipient of Life Membership of the CSSANZ.

Professor Adrian Polglase

Adrian Polglase graduated with MBBS (Hons) from Monash University in 1970. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1977, and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1978. Adrian was awarded the first Master of Surgery Degree by Monash University in 1981. After surgical registrar training at the Alfred Hospital he was appointed as senior registrar at St Marks Hospital, London for Advanced Colorectal Surgical Training. Adrian returned to the Alfred Hospital as a consultant surgeon in 1978. In 1988 he was appointed as Chief of Surgery at Royal Southern Memorial Hospital and following its amalgamation with The Alfred Hospital, and name change to Caulfield General Medical Centre, he was re-appointed Chief of Surgery and Head of the General Surgical Unit. In 1995 he assumed full time practice at Cabrini Hospital and was appointed Clinical Dean the same year. In 1998 he was appointed Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery. He stepped down as departmental Chairman in Oct 2009 and was appointed as Emeritus Professor by Monash University. He is Patron and Founder of ‘Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer’ (formerly Tackling Bowel Cancer), a Cabrini initiative dedicated to saving lives through improved bowel cancer research, education and prevention campaigns.

Professor David Wattchow

David Wattchow graduated top of his year in the first graduating class of the Flinders University Medical school in South Australia in 1980. After basic surgical training, he undertook a PhD in gut neuropphysiology, then completed advanced training in General Surgery throughout South Australia and in Bath in the UK. He has spent over 3 decades as a colorectal surgeon at Flinders Medical Centre acting as Head of the Colorectal Surgical Unit, and more recently as Clinical Director of General and Digestive Surgery . David has been a wonderful example of combining a career in academic surgery with a busy clinical job and has reinforced that it is possible to produce world class scientific research whilst providing excellent clinical care as a colorectal surgeon. His collaborations with scientists and surgical colleagues locally but also interstate and overseas are testament to this, as is the number of surgeons (myself included) that he has supervised through higher degrees.

David retired in mid 2021 and his achievements have been recognised with the RP Jepson prize for research in Surgery, a Companion of the University and a Member of the Order of Australia. He will be missed in South Australia and he is a very worthy recipient of Life Membership of the CSSANZ.